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Jan 13, 2010 04:43 PM

Where should I bring a food lover visiting Brooklyn?

A good friend of mine is visiting me from out of town this weekend, and we all love food. I want to bring him to some really great, truly Brooklyn restaurants. We are all not picky and are willing to travel to many areas. If you had a friend visiting you, where is the ONE place you'd want to take them to eat? Special consideration to French, American and Indian food, as those are favorites. We'll be coming from Greenpoint if that changes anything... Which it might because the G is down all weekend. I have some ideas, but I want the food to really be impressive so I am crowd-sourcing the search.
Thanks in advance!

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  1. My husband and I had a phenomenal meal at Grocery a while back.
    288 Smith Street Brooklyn, NY 11231-4650 (718) 596-3335

    You can take the G to Carroll Street… if its going anywhere this weekend
    (Im also a greenpointer G person so I understand the deal.

    If not you can take the B62 down to DUMBO and check out River Café, a bit pricier but worth it in my opinion.

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    1. re: Asumnuthin

      Indian - forget it. Bklyn's not the place. If you must, McDonald Ave off Church St & Coney Island Aves off Newkirk house several places that are small and may be ok.

      American - you have choices. Mine, as everyone around here knows, would be Henry's End, especially since they're now in the midst of their game menu. Not cheap but great. Other very nice choices would be Chestnut, Applewood, Buttermilk Channel, Dressler, Marlow and, of course, Peter Luger's for steak.

      French - I'm a poor judge of this so I'll leave it to others.

      Have fun.

    2. DiFara's for the best pizza in the world
      fresh not canned artichoke on the sicilian square pie
      across the street for Isaac's bakery for an ab fab kosher bakery experience
      the best rainbow cookies in brooklyn
      Downtown visit Junior's for an amazing experience
      nice drink prices big portions corned beef and pastrami as well as ginormous desserts and the fabled cheesecake
      for italian and pizza Franny's 295 Flatbush
      go to Coney Island and have a frank and fries at Nathan's only one of the venue that's worth a damn

      1. I had a foodie friend here a while back and he ate at a lot of places in Bklyn and Manhattan. The place he liked best (ok, aside from Masa) was Franny's.

        1. There is no good Indian restaurant in Brooklyn, oddly enough. There are serviceable ones, but none that rise to even the level of good.

          French cuisine is not Brooklyn's strength either. Your best bet is upscale American out of the three.

          Saul - Excellent American food with the freshest ingredients and beautiful presentation.

          Grocery - In a similar vein, seasonal produce, American cuisine prepared exquisitely. The presentation is a tad better at Saul, and the dining room is much more spacious at Saul.

          Both restaurants are wonderful.

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          1. re: Pookipichu

            Agree on Saul. Great tasting menu!

            Also love Applewood in South Slope. (Get the lobster bisque.) Can't argue with Peter Luger's.

            Depending on the friend... Sam's Chop House on Court Street -- the pizza (getting it with garlic is the trick) is some of the best you will eat AND it is just such a New York experience. The cousins (?) who work the floor are out of central casting. The escarole and clams are really good, too. (Oh and it isn't on the menu but the calzone is awesome and big enough to feed an army.)

          2. Marlow & Sons but Lucali if the G train was running.